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Reddit Politics Bans Huffpo, Salon, Fox News

The popular Reddit highly trafficked ‘/r/politics’ directory has recently issued an expanded list of banned sites that cannot be linked to on the “subreddit.” Moderators have included on this banned links list liberal sites such as The Huffington Post and Mother Jones and conservative sites like Fox News Nation (but not Fox News itself), and National Review. This has prompted some of the 3.1 million subscribers to the politics subreddit to question the motive behind this.

But the moderators say that this is “to reduce the number of blogspam submissions and sensationalist titles” and to avoid sites that provide lots of “bad journalism.”

These sites are still allowed throughout the rest of the site, on other subreddits. But Will Oremus from comments on the move, speaking of it as concerning.

“The goals are admirable, some of the moderators’ choices as to which sites to ban appear to border on arbitrary. Does the Huffington Post engage in a good deal of what the moderators might call ‘blogspam’—i.e., ‘quoting other articles to get pageviews?; No doubt. But it also won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting for a 10-part series on the struggles that wounded U.S. military veterans endure when they come home. Does Salon sometimes appeal to its readers’ liberal ideological bent to stir up their emotions? Sure—but so do plenty of other outlets that lack half the intelligence and insight of some of Salon’s best writers.”

Clara Jeffrey, a co-editor for Mother Jones finds the move “mystifying”, as it bans “a fairly haphazard list of publications that do really great reporting around politics, from left right and center,” she said in an interview with NPR’s “On the Media” last Thursday.

“Particularly for something that’s entire ethos is about openness and user-driven conversation, right? It’s not something you expect in a free society, and especially for something that prides itself as being at the bleeding edge of user driven content and First Amendment principles.”

This very interview was posted several times over the weekend and deleted, leading many to suspect an ideological coup on the site. Many are speculating that this will result in a backlash against the subreddit.

What do you think?

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